Bulldogs fall short of lofty expectations

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM.

Transfer Dakota Davis was ready to take over for Dean at quarterback so Dean could play numerous positions on both sides of the ball. And if Micah Reed needed a breather, he’d simply look to his younger brother, Emmanuel, a sophomore running back, as the Reed brothers looked to give Crestview one of the best running back tandems in Northwest Florida.

All of the hype seemed to be falling into place when the Bulldogs opened the season with a 24-14 win over Milton and followed it up with 35-7 beat down of Escambia.

Off to a 2-0 start, the Bulldogs were flying high as they hosted state powerhouse Jacksonville Bolles for the Hall of Fame Game in the season’s third week.

Crestview played Bolles close, but the visitors took a 20-14 win out of Jack Foster Stadium as the Bulldogs started what would be a four-game losing streak that also would see Lawson dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons.

Week four saw Crestview travel to Pensacola to take on Catholic. The Crusaders capitalized on multiple Bulldog mistakes as Catholic rolled to a 28-7 win.

Crestview returned home to Jack Foster Stadium in week five to host Tallahassee Godby for Homecoming — and there wasn’t much to cheer about for the Bulldogs as the Cougars put up a 49-14 win.

The Bulldogs jumped into District 2-6A play in week six hosting Fort Walton Beach, but even the district play’s start didn’t stop the Bulldog skid as the Vikings won 21-17.

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